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The problem is that it has never worked out that way, as the rise of women to leadership positions in Western Europe's far-right parties should remind us. Leaders such as Marine Le Pen of France's National Front, Pia Kjaersgaard of Denmark's People's Party and Siv Jensen of Norway's Progress Party reflect the enduring appeal of neofascist movements to many modern women in egalitarian, inclusive liberal democracies.The rise of far-right movements in Europe – often with women in charge – confronts us with the fact that the heirs to the fascism of the 1930s have their own gender-based appeal.Many lower-income women in Western Europe today – often single parents working pink-collar ghetto jobs that leave them exhausted and without realistic hope of advancement – can, reasonably, feel nostalgia for past values and certainties.Thus you are not only better than the mass of immigrants, but also part of something larger and more compelling than is implied by the cog status that a multiracial, secular society offers you.The attraction of right-wing parties to women should be examined, not merely condemned.
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